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Old 01-04-2014, 02:23 AM   #1
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Question Track Bar bushing bolt question


I just learned our YJ's front track bar is only held in with one bolt. The one for the axle is gone. It may have been this way for quite a while, since they tend to ride so well without one, but there has been this ominous clanking lately...

Anyway, and against some opinion, I want to connect it back up and see how it affects on-road handling. The axle-side bushing is shot, so I got some Prothane replacements. I went to a Jeep parts lot to try to find the exact nut and bolt, but not sure it is right.

Which leads to my question:

Should the bushing move (pivot or spin) between the bolt's shank and the inside of the bushing's metal sleeve?

Or should it slip between the outside of the metal sleeve and the inside of the "rubber" part of the bushing?

I would have figured the movement was against the bolt, but then it seems impossible to fully tighten the bolt against the axle. In this case, it seems right to tighten up the nut and bolt against the metal sleeve included with the replacement bushing, but I have no example to go by.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:29 AM   #2
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Or does the bushing just flex around and not actually spin on a shaft at all?

If only I had taken this thing apart myself...

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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I believe for the track bar that the bushing is just there for a little cushion. It should be tight and there is a torque spec for it.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the insight. In my old office equipment world, a bushing always involved a moving part, sort of a really basic, one-piece bearing, so it threw me here.

Hope your heater is in good shape - looks like you are in for some weather.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:05 PM   #5
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It's sitting in the garage at 52 degrees and I will probably drive the jeep so the girlfriend can take the new truck. Good luck with the track bar. I just remembered mine are sitting in my garage if you need me to snag pics. Took them out last winter.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:35 PM   #6
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Took mine off the front and rear. I would expect they should be tight as my rear one was a bit loose and it had wallowed out the mounting bracket. It was like that when I got it a couple months ago. Rides great without them. Picture is of the mount and what happened when the PO drove it around loose.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:34 AM   #7
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Thanks. I have not looked at the rear track bar one yet, except to confirm it exists. This 93 YJ is mostly original, and I wanted both bars on for now as a little insurance against other worn parts until we get it checked out properly. I took it to a Jeep service department to get an idea of its condition and they found some things but missed others even I could see. I guess I need a good independent shop here in the Phoenix area.

Probably overkill, but my wife drives it to work (proudly!) and I want it as stable as it can on the road. (However, next time she gets stuck on a rock on the weekend the bars could both be history.)

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